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Me and my Olympus digital camera in my ancient downtown adobe, All Fools Day, 2005; below, me and my HP digital camera in my tiny 1930s downtown cottage, Tucson, Winter 2002.

IMAGE: CIA ROMANO 2005

"Tucson Underground is the result of yet another Internet startup all-nighter (my own startup, for better or worse, Interface Guru). Up late to finish a project, I detoured to Google to search the phrase "tucson underground." Got lots of hits, but no domain by that name. Aha. After a headlong stint in the national Web biz -- I'm nearing my twelfth anniversary -- I want to take what I know about the way people interact with computers and each other, and use it to network Tucson's non-mainstream community. I'm working hard to get to a point where I can truly support Tucson Underground. In the meantime, the site is a work in progress, as am I, as are all of us."

SPRING 2005  

OCCUPATION:

"Internet usability consultant, public speaker, visual artist, neotechnopagan and human in training. Founder of Interface Guru and Publisher of TucsonUnderground.com."

QUOTE:

"There must be security for all, or no one is secure. Now this does not mean giving up any freedom, except the freedom to act irresponsibly."

-- Klaatu, The Day The Earth Stood Still, 1951. Please come back.

MAIN GIG:

"Running a small consulting company. Learning daily how to survive in this robber-baron economy. To cope I watch action movies about beating impossible odds."

OTHER CO-CONSPIRATORS:

"Warner, harriett, Kim AKA Stella AKA Frankie, Al, Melissa, Milla, Sean, Chris and Steph, the downtown grrls, the code poets, Steve AKA Miss Michelle AKA UberBitch. The Js, my Sock Puppet Kyle, and Brian."

LIFE STORY IN BRIEF:

"Childhood in NYC, lifelong internationalist. Probably scarred by civil defense drills in grade school (NYC was a target even then), leading to obsession with SF and post-apocalyptic movies. Rod Serling ("Twilight Zone") and "Star Trek" were formative influences. Career's been about gear, from the music biz to media to the Web. I spent three crazy years in the high-end recording studio industry in the late 70s with the likes of everyone from Black Sabbath to the Bee Gees. Grateful to be alive, even if I wish things had turned out differently -- in society and elsewhere. If I can see the Earth from orbit, I'll die happy. Hell, I'll die happy anyway, my life's been so full of color."

BORN IN:

"Havana, Cuba."

HOW LONG IN TUCSON:

"Visiting since 1991, moved here in 1997 to work at StarNet."

ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE TUCSON:

"Eerie. In the nicest way."

WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN ON THE LOCAL SCENE:

"More recognition of just how precious our community really is, despite all its idisyncracies. More personal time for me to make it so."

CONNECTING POINTS:

"The Hotel Congress, where I first plugged in my Macintosh 1400 in 1997 and have logged hundreds of hours on the three subsequent Mac G3 and G4 laptops. Congress has always treated me well and I appreciate it. Asylum is where I go to see my friends, The Grill, Barrio Grill, AZSessions events, Vaudeville. I met a ton of people through StarNet, and threw a 'Technopalooza' at Congress back in 1998 where the Zsas played a rare Tribute to Technology show ('No more robots!') My Day of the Dead parties. Lately I am on the road way too much, which makes me appreciate Tucson even more. "

ARTIFACTS:

"A piece of a shattered phone booth from Ground Zero. Macs dating to the mid-1980s, for perspective. A decent collection of SF books, toys, and Cold War memorabilia including my fabu Geiger counter, Mercury astronaut memorabilia, JFK items. Saving them for Daniel and Mariah, my brother's kids. Web sites all over the place. Web geek colleagues worldwide. Black clothes. My dingo-related dog Pínto and his brother Cielo who is in puppy heaven. A copy of the very first version of Photoshop from 1990."

CONTACT:

cia@tucsonunderground.com


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